Reading: Catching Up Fall & Winter 2009

October 3, 2009

  • Myths to Live By
    • Author: Joseph Campbell
    • Copyright: 1972
    • Publisher: Penguin Compass
    • Pages: 266
    • Rating: ***
    • Part of my mythology reading series
October 15, 2009
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    • Another part of my mythology / hero-journey series. I have a whole write-up on this mythic story back in October 2009.
  • Hansel and Gretel (and other stories) . 
    • It’s interesting how many stories, legends, fairy tales, and folk tales can be seen through the archetypal  hero journey lens. They travel across water to an unnatural land where they battle a powerful force, then return home with riches to bestow boon on their family. Of course there are also psychological forces at play: the wicked step mother, who mysteriously is dead after they kill the witch.
October 31, 2009
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  • Author: Michael Chabon
  • Copyright: 1988
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • Pages: 297
  • Rating: ***
  • Both my sons, but especially Andrew, really like Michael Chabon so I picked this up. It was a good story about growing up in the 80’s with a young man finding himself. 
December 5, 2009
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Copyright: 1843
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
  • Pages: 75
  • Rating: ****
  • I love this book about redemption and try to read it every year around Christmas. I gave copies to my group this year as a Christmas present.
December 19, 2009
  • A Briefer History of Time
  • Author: Stephen Hawking. Editor: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Copyright: 2005
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell
  • Pages: 146
  • Take away: Gravity = Accelaration

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